Argentina Side

Iguazu Falls Argentina Side: Areas and Information

Iguazu Falls Argentina side offers many trails and circuits to enjoy different waterfalls and the jungle.

Iguazu Falls from Argentina is one of the most visited national parks in the country. Located only 1.15 hs, in a direct flight from Buenos Aires, the incedible Iguazu Falls were declared by Unesco as a World Heritage, and recently, declared as one of the new 7-wonders of nature.

Please find some information about different trails you can enjoy during your visit to the Iguazu National Park in Argentina.

Iguazu Falls ArgentinaIt begins two hundred meters from The Rainforest Train Cataratas Station and along its way visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the semicircular chain that begins at Dos Hermanas Waterfalls, going through Chico, Ramírez, Bosetti, Adán y Eva, and Bernabé Méndez Waterfalls, ending at Mbiguá Waterfall lookout as a first stop.

It is characterized by having its trails set on top of the waterfalls edge, which allows a vertical view from the top, something really electrifying. It has places to rest, which makes the tour a source of energy and relax in contact with water.

After Mbiguá Waterfall lookout, the gangway crosses the Superior Iguazú River to reach the edge of the second largest fall of this beautiful system: the San Martin Waterfall.

This balcony has the best and widest panoramic view of the whole Iguazu Falls from Argentina side: you will be able to see the Hotel Das Cataratas and the elevators on the Brazilian side, and the Sheraton Hotel, the Old Water Tank Tower, the balconies of Upper and Lower trails, the San Martin island and the gangway to Devil’s Throat on the argentinian side.

To exit this circuit, the gangway runs snaking back through islets in the Upper Iguazú delta, to finaly reach Cataratas Station.

Upper Circuit

  • Length: 1.750 meters long (1913 yards)
  • Accessibility: high
  • Difficulty: none, without stairs
  • Estimated time of visit: two hours aprox.
  • Access to this trail is allowed until 05:00pm.
  • Restroom and bar: 50 meters away from the exit of the Circuit, at Cataratas Train Station.

Iguazu Falls ArgentinaFootbridges go into the forest foliage to where Dos Hermanas, Chico and Ramírez Waterfalls falling waters break and to the end of this part of the Circuit, where visitors can enjoy the bottom of the great water wall of Bosetti Waterfall.

On the way out of this waterfall, 20 meters away, there is an access to the quay from where visitors can board a boat to San Martín Island. The Circuit goes on along the border of the Iguazú River opposite to the island, and visitors will marvel at its beaches and cliffs. The second part of the Lower Circuit ends at the lookout on top of where this branch of river meets the Iguazú canyon, and the impressive Devil’s Throat and its typical mist can be seen at the far. Up to here, all the visited locations are 100% accessible.

The third and last parts of the Circuit, which lead back to Dos Hermanas Square, have stairs and go through the Lower Iguazú shore where Alvar Núñez, Elenita, and Lanusse steep waterfalls can be enjoyed.

Lower Circuit

  • Length: 1,700 meters long (1,859 yards)
  • Accessibility: medium
  • Difficulty: access without stairs up to Bosetti Waterfall and Iguazú canyon lookout.
  • Estimated time of visit: an hour and 45 minutes
  • Access to this trail is allowed until 05pm
  • Restrooms and Bar: at Dos Hermanas Square, just at the Circuit entrance.

Iguazu Falls ArgentinaThe tour to reach the lookout balcony of the majestic Devil’s Throat allows visitors to approach a few meters from the most important and mighty waterfall of the Iguazu Falls from Argentina side, whose image has traveled all around the world, similar to a giant funnel that swallows the planet.

The itinerary begins about 1,100 meters before the monumental fall, after getting off the Ecological Jungle Train at Devil’s Throat Station, which was designed with the purpose of generating the least possible environmental impact.

There, you can begin enjoying the environment that the Iguazu River and its small islands offer, actually a refuge of countless and picturesque deep blue jays.

The gangway leading to the balcony that faces the waterfall is just over a kilometer in length, is safe and quiet, either on wheelchair or by walking, due to the absence of obstacles and its absolutely flat character.

The end of the tour, at the balcony, gives us a magical and unique moment, staring at a huge wall of water over 80 meters high, located on the border of Argentina and the sister Republic of Brazil.

The folding system of gangways was designed to preserve them from being damaged due to an important increase in the flow of Iguazu River.

In normal circumstances, when the river is low, the railings are raised and the gangways allow the people get to the Balcony of the Devil’s Throat.

When the river increases its flow, railings are fold to allow the flow to pass through, by reducing the resistance, and thereby also enabling to pass a trunk floating above.

And if the river level is very high, the flow velocity increases, and that is the moment when the gangways detach themselves, to avoid compromising the concrete structure. Once the flow is down again, all the structure is reset.

When this process eventually occurs, access is not enabled for people, but the Iguazu National Park never closes its doors, and those who are visiting us, can come to enjoy the splendor that acquire the rest of the falls when the river rises, due to an unusual majesty that can only be appreciated in opportunities like these.

This system of gangways and security, proposed and approved by the National Parks Administration was possible because of the replacement of all the old wood gangways by these current ones, characterized by an ecological architectural development, and specially designed for for structural piles safeguard, preventing the circuit being closed long periods of time, as occured decades before.

Devil’s Throat

  • Length: 2.200 meters long (1913 yards)
  • Accessibility: high
  • Difficulty: none, without stairs.
  • Estimated time of visit: two hours.
  • Access to this trail is allowed until 05:00pm.
  • Restroom and bar: 20 meters away from the exit of the Circuit.

Iguazu ArgentinaThis trail has the name of a bird of the South American partridge family, a brown bird bigger than a chicken.

The access to the Macuco Trail is allowed from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and it should be completed during daylight.

The thickness of the surrounding environment makes it hard to see the fauna, which is why all the senses must be sharpened. Visitor should walk carefully and look for animal tracks and watch the colorful variety of insects.

Luckily, caí monkeys can be spotted as this is their natural habitat. They live on trees, are restless and very curious. They move in groups of no more than 20 individuals. They eat fruits, and the forest has everything they need. It is advised that visitors should not approach them or feed them, and simple watch their natural behavior without interfering.

Along this path, there are six interpretation stations that help visitors understand some of all the area rich biodiversity.

The Macuco Trail ends at the edge of the Iguazú canyon. Thousands of years ago, the Falls were located at this point, and gradually moved backwards to their current location. Nowadays, their old location has been taken up by many streams that flow into the Iguazú River, such as the Arrechea Stream, which has an amazing, paradisaical 20 meters high (65.62 ft) cascade before the end.

Macuco Trail and Arrechea Waterfall

  • Length: 7,000 meters there and back (7,655 yards)
  • Accessibility: wild path, without transports.
  • Difficulty: low in the first 3,200 meters (3,499 yards), high in the following 200 meters (218 yards), and medium in the final 100 meters (109 yards).
  • Final destination: Arrechea Stream waterfall and pool.
  • Estimated time of visit: 3 hours
  • Restrooms and bar: only at the beginning, at the Rainforest Ecological Train Central Station.

Iguazu ArgentinaThe Rainforest Ecological Train was designed and built for transporting tourists in the Cataratas Area of the Iguazú National Park.

It runs on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which does not pollute the environment and has clean combustion, leaving no solid waste. It travels at 18 km/h (12 mph) maximum, and has barely no noise impact.

Exclusively designed for the Iguazú National Park by the English company Alan Keef Limited (expert on leisure locomotives, supplier of other parks in Asia and Europe), it adapts to the climate special characteristics, the surrounding thick vegetation, and it preserves the area.

It is not fully enclosed so that its 250 passengers can have direct contact with the environment and experience a journey into the forest, its sounds, scents and wetness.

It starts at Central Train Station, very close to the services and shop areas, and where the access to Macuco Trail is located. From there, groups depart every 15 or 20 minutes, depending on demand.

Cataratas Train Station is the intermediate stop, where the access to the Upper and Lower Circuits is located and visitors can board the boat to San Martín Island.

It ends at the Devil’s Throat Train Station, where the 1,100 meters long (1,203 yards) footbridge begins and leads across the Upper Iguazú River to the lookout from which this wonderfull waterfall can be seen.

Rainforest Train

  • Rail Length: 3,700 meters long (4,046 yards)
  • Accessibility: high
  • Difficulty: access without stairs at each station, access to each wagon at ground level, places available for wheelchairs at each wagon.
  • Restrooms and bar: at each station.
  • Estimated time of visit:
  • First train from Central Station to Devil’s Throat Station 08:30
  • Last train from Central Station to Devil’s Throat Station 16:00
  • Last train from Cataratas Station to Devil’s Throat Station 16:15
  • Last train from Cataratas Station to Central Station 17:45

Iguazu ArgentinaIt is a plain trail, with no difficulties, that begins a few meters away from the information area, very close to the Services area and the Rainforest Ecological Train Central Station.

It extends over 655 meters, is 100% accessible, and ends at the pedestrian access to Cataratas Train Station platform.

This is an enjoyable walk through a paranaese rainforest wetland and visitors can get in contact with a wide range plant species, whose related information is available along the way.

Birds can also be seen, and coatis and caí monkeys can be found in the area.

The Green Tail is an alternative connection to the Rainforest Train, to and from the way to the Upper and Lower Circuits.

Green Trail

  • Length: 655 meters long (716 yards)
  • Accessibility: high
  • Difficulty: none, without stairs
  • Estimated time of visit: half an hour
  • Restrooms and Bar: at the Central Station, almost at the beginning of the trail, or at the end of Cataratas Train Station.

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